Author Archives: Bob Hughes

About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.

Happy Monday

Having put a bid on an eBay item I usually leave it alone, that avoids the temptation to up the offer, but I had set my heart on these so I did revisit and increase my bid when another buyer … Continue reading

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Lessons learnt

Yesterday’s operating session to try out the mineral train workings was a bit hectic. Mainly because trying to film trains on one side of the garage when the controllers are on the other side is not a simple task. What’s … Continue reading

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Mineral trains

Railways were invented for the carriage of minerals. Model railways were invented to have some fun with.

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New loco

It’s not often the FCPyF buys a new loco these days, second hand or home made yes, but not NEW. This one was going for a song though. It’s not a fine-scale model, but I’m not a fine-scale modeller so … Continue reading

Posted in Bodging and Kitbashing, My trains, Narrow gauge, Toy train chit chat

Tension locks, Kadees and paperclips

About a quarter of the FCPyF’s freight stock is of OO scale origin and still fitted with tension lock couplers. Obviously this can give rise to operating problems, but some real life railways faced the same issues when converting from … Continue reading

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Murky waters

The earthquake that dislodged Lone Pine Rock on Sunday also caused a roof fall in the mine at Rio Paleta. The mine runs gently uphill as it gets further away from the adit and so drains naturally but there is … Continue reading

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Moving mountains

In geological terms the Andes are young and, as youngsters often are, restless. Being more prosaic, the Andes are prone to earthquakes. One such quake happened this morning in Sierra Oculta and a fairly familiar landmark has gone. When I … Continue reading

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